In case you hadn’t noticed lately, beards are in. But those big, full fields of face follicles don’t happen overnight. It takes some TLC to grow and maintain a strong and healthy beard.
Beard balm is a styling and shaping aid as well as a leave in beard conditioner that moisturizes, conditions, softens and helps style your beard. Most beard balms contain shea butter for softening and moisturizing, sweet almond oil for conditioning and booting growth, and a protectant (such as beeswax) for sealing in moisture. A good beard balm should moisturize your facial hair, provide hold for styling and make your beard look thicker. (please avoid using synthetic sealants like petroleum jelly. These may irritate your skin and damage your facial hair). a beard balm that contains all natural sealants like shea butter, beeswax or lanolin. These ingredients are natural, help your beard look thicker and are less likely to irritate your skin.
Good beard balms are often scented with blends of natural essential oils and fragrance oils instead of synthetics. Synthetic fragrance oils often contain toxic chemicals which can irritate your skin and alcohol that can leave your beard more dry and brittle in the end.
If you have a patchy or thin beard, consider using a beard balm with shea butter, as shea is especially good at making facial hair appear thicker. In addition to all natural sealants, make sure your beard balm contains all natural moisturizers like jojoba or argan oil. Without the moisturizers, the sealants will just seal in dryness, making your beard brittle